The Doctor Visit That Changed Dominique Wilkins’ Life: “It’s Better To Know Than Not Know”

Dominique Wilkins

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“I got good news and bad news. The good news is you’re not dying yet.”

When Dominique Wilkins heard those words from his doctor, the basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer – who was only 40 years old at the time – remembers that he was scared to death. This wasn’t anywhere near how he expected this doctor visit to go. The world-class athlete wasn’t sick; he just hadn’t had a checkup in a while and says he felt “a little off.”

“I should’ve known something was wrong because it took two hours to come back after they did the screening,” Wilkins told BlackDoctor.org during a recent interview.

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